Today, most South Africans are just looking for a good car that can get them from A to B - a vehicle with low fuel consumption that is. The benefit is, of course, less amounts of CO2 emitted from high-powered engines.
The most common cause of poor fuel economy is a mechanical part called ‘oxygen sensors’. Oxygen sensors monitor air and fuel, in order for the powertrain control module to increase or decrease fuel based on changing operating conditions.
Engine oxygen sensors age along with its vehicle. This means that the sensor will respond less to changing operating conditions and create a lean-bias signal, which informs the engine computer to unnecessarily increase fuel consumption.
Let’s face it, most people can’t afford expensive cars. In actual fact, whether you want to admit it or not, having an expensive car is generally a social status symbol. But are you really willing to place important expenses and bills aside, just so that you can have the latest car on the market? Just think about it. If your car engine consumed less litres of diesel or engine oil, you would probably notice a cut in fuel costs and see more cash in your account to pay off those nasty debts or monthly expenses.
With fluctuations in South Africa’s fuel prices, CarZar helps place low fuel spending on the top of society’s budget lists. Here are the top 10 most fuel efficient budget cars in South Africa this 2017, with an asking price of under R300,000.
Renault Captur 66 kW dCi Dynamique: Not only is the Dynamique appealing, but it also consumes 3.6L/100km of fuel.
Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi: Built with power to the front wheels, the budget-friendly Fiesta has a fuel consumption of 3.6L/100km.
Fiat 500: Petite but performance-driven. The urban Fiat has a fuel consumption of 3.8L/100km.
Citroen C1: The C1 fits the budget, look and feel perfectly for the young city life, with a fuel consumption of 4.1L/100km.
Ford Figo 1.5 TDCi: With an efficient 1.5-litre turbodiesel, the Figo has a fuel consumption of 4.1L/100km.
Smart ForTwo: The name might sound a bit… different, but the vehicle is green-efficient with a fuel consumption of 4.2L/100km.
Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDI: Built for reliability, the VW Polo has a decent fuel efficiency of 4.1L/100km.
Volkswagen Polo 1.0TSI BlueMotion: The BlueMotion lives up to its name; setting green efficiency in ‘motion’ with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine consuming 4.2L/100km.
Audi A1 1.0T: The Sportback or three-door guise not only has topnotch performance but it also has a full consumption of 4.2L/100km.
Peugeot 208 1.2 Active: Offering a smooth yet stylish drive, the 1.2-litre engine boasts a fuel consumption of 4.3L/100km.
If you are not sure whether you car is heavy on fuel or not, use a Long Term Fuel Trim (LTFT), to test the running on your engine. However, 2-litre engines should be the mark if you’re driving towards a low efficiency vehicle.
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